My name is Imelda, your Personal Travel Counsellor. I live in Midleton, East Cork.
Before becoming a Travel Counsellor, I worked for a long haul tour operator, a retail travel agency and a national airline in both Germany and Ireland. My roles over 24 years in travel have included Sales and Customer Service and I pride myself on providing a professional, unbiased and confidential service. I am passionate about travel and I love to create bespoke itineraries, whether it’s a honeymoon, a family holiday or that once-in-a-lifetime trip. I can assist with flights, city breaks, sun holidays, skiing, camping and cruises. I am there for you from your initial inquiry, throughout your holiday, right until you have printed those holiday snaps.
I have been lucky enough to visit many destinations over the years including Australia, USA, Mexico, Peru, Africa, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Bali, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Turkey and many destinations in Europe, including France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Czech Republic, Cyprus and Greece.
South East Asia is a personal favourite of mine. I have travelled extensively in this area and worked as a destination specialist for this region for 14 years. I would be happy to share my first-hand knowledge of this unique and exciting part of the world. Whether it is to spend a night on a traditional Vietnamese junk boat on Halong Bay, see the sun rise over Angkor Wat Cambodia, get up close to elephants in Thailand, or participate in an alms giving ceremony at dawn in Luang Prabang Laos, I can help make that trip extra special for you.
Being a Travel Counsellor allows me access to award winning technology and a direct connection to thousands of suppliers, enabling me to offer holidays at very competitive prices. Working with all the major airlines, tour operators, cruise & car hire companies, I can offer you an excellent range of choice that can’t be matched in a travel agency or online.
Travel Counsellors is licensed and bonded in Ireland giving you that peace of mind knowing that you are financially protected.
As I work from home, I am available outside normal office hours, at a time that suits you, including evenings and weekends. Please feel free to give me a call as I am more than happy to help you choose the perfect holiday destination.
Whatever your holiday needs I'm here to help you, so simply give me a call or send me an email with your contact details on and I can get things started for you:-
I absolutely love travel! Take a look through my posts - you might find holiday inspiration where you least expect it...
16 November 2019
I was lucky enough to be invited to Tanzania, Zanzibar and Istanbul in November by Tent With A View, Peak DMC, and Turkish Airlines on a familiarisation trip with some of my colleagues. We flew ex Dublin via Istanbul with Turkish Airlines. Turkish Airlines operate 2 daily flights from Dublin to Istanbul and offer connections to 315 destinations in 120 countries. Their new airport in Istanbul which opened in April of this year is very impressive in it’s size and boasts countless shops, restaurants and bars. The 4 hour flight to Istanbul and 8 hour flight to Dar Es Salaam...
11 July 2019
To describe this family holiday as hugely anticipated is an understatement, we travelled to Orlando in April 2019 (over Easter) but the planning and excitement started as early as the previous September. With flights booked, the kids (11 & 13) had 8 months of theme park research to fulfil. They approached their task with massive enthusiasm. A compromise however needed to be negotiated, we were not going to spend the full 12 days at the theme parks, so a split stay in Orlando was "agreed", taking 5 days out mid-way, for a Caribbean cruise. In advance of travelling we...
11 July 2019
How much can you pack into a day, well if you are focused and enthusiastic, it seems quiet an amount, as we discovered on the return leg of our family holiday to Sri Lanka in July 2018. Rather than just transiting through Hamad International Airport, we planned a one-night stay in this fascinating city. Doha is the capital city of the State of Qatar, located on the coast of the Persian Gulf and has a population of 1.85M. On arrival in the ultra-modern airport, one gets an immediate taste of what's in store from this amazing country, everything is big, organised and...
06 September 2018
We travelled over Easter by ferry from Ringaskiddy with Brittany Ferries, arriving early Sunday morning into Roscoff. From there, it was a comfortable 1 ½ hour drive to Carnac. Arriving shortly after 9am, we headed for the local town and stumbled on the weekly farmer’s market. It was a feast of local specialities such as Crepes (sweet) and Galettes (savoury), Moules, and of course their local cider, which they drink out of oversized tea cups! It was a lovely culinary experience. The campsite is within walking distance of a long sandy beach, called Grande Plage. This beach stretches for 2...
06 September 2018
Now that the blog title has already explained the two main means of getting around (everyone wears flip-flops and tuk-tuks are abundant, used by locals & tourists alike), let me take this opportunity to get some of the other headline facts covered about this amazing country. Sri Lankais an Island nation in the Indian ocean about the size of Ireland with a population of 21 million. There are three distinct seasons, Dec- Apr. when the weather is warm and mostly dry, Monsoon rains affect the country May- Aug. (west & south) and Oct- Jan. (north and east), but the climate...
05 September 2018
I was one of the lucky agents invited on a tour of Disney Magic on its inaugural visit to Cobh. Modelled in the Art Deco style of the 1930’s and painted in the black, white and yellow colours of Mickey Mouse, the ship’s call to Cork was part of a 7-night British Isle’s Cruise. Sailing at full capacity, there were 2,700 guests and 900 staff on board. So, one member of staff for every 3 guests. It is a stunning ship, which is a subtle version of the theme park on a liner. I loved the décor, the attention to...
10 December 2017
Halong Bay is a UNESCO World heritage site and is located approximately 3 hours drive east of Hanoi. We left the craziness of Hanoi behind us and settled into our comfortable bus journey, our guide Dat, chatting to us about daily life in Vietnam as we contemplate all that is happening on the roads around us: motorbikes carrying whole families, livestock such as pigs and cattle are also transported this way! Cars are more expensive in Vietnam than Ireland, and with wages being only a fraction of ours, owning a car is a luxury. Instead the main mode of transport...
10 December 2017
Our journey began in Ringaskiddy where we boarded the Pont Aven, Brittany Ferries. A very calm sea greeted us as we sailed out of Cork Harbour past Cobh's beautiful cathedral and colourful houses on one side, and Spike Island on the other side. Once we had proceeded beyond Roches Point and left land behind us, we settled into our 14-hour overnight sailing, Roscoff-bound. There is lots to do on-board, so it is very easy to pass the time. There was entertainment in the bar: a 2-piece band as well as a magician who kept the kids enthralled with his clever...
04 November 2017
We visited Luang Prabang this year. It was only a little over a one-hour flight journey from Bangkok, but what greeted us couldn’t have been more far removed from the craziness of the Thai capital that we had left behind us. Luang Prabang is a charming peaceful town, which lies at the convergence of two rivers, the mighty Mekong and the smaller Nam Khan River. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is lined with fantastic French colonial style villas, hundreds of temples, great bars and restaurants. We spent five nights here and divided our time between the charming Villa Chitdara...
04 November 2017
Khao Sok National Park / Elephant Hills Luxury Tented Camps: Set against the stunning background of tropical rainforest in Khao Sok National Pak, Elephant Hills consists of 35 luxurious tents set in the jungle. This is Glamping Thai style, and is the most unique place I have ever stayed! The tents are spacious, and all have a European style bathroom and shower. The furniture is hand made using natural materials. They have all the facilities you would expect of a hotel bedroom even a safe and hairdryer but with the added sights and sounds of the rainforest around you, like monkeys,...
Sent in by Ellen Ryan
Dublin, 01 April 2020
Imelda is always responsive, enthusiastic and engaging. She has a deep knowledge of America as a travel destination and made us feel like no question was too trivial. She is highly experienced in the travel industry as evidenced by the support she gave us to deal with the uncertainty around travel during the Covid 19 crisis. I will most definitely recommend Imelda to family and friends.
Sent in by Leo OL
Cork, 09 January 2020
Imelda was an absolute pleasure to deal with incredibly responsive and couldn't do enough to help me with my trip to Cape Town. I would recommend (and have already) Imelda to many friends and family. Many thanks Leo
Sent in by Mark G
Dublin, 07 January 2020
Imelda organised a trip to Australia for us over Christmas and the New Year – myself, my wife and daughter – to visit our son in Adelaide. We booked our trip to include a visit to Singapore on the way out and a week in Sydney before we returned. Imelda was ultra-professional in organising the trip – all her recommendation for hotels/accommodation were excellent. Any queries we had before our departure were answered speedily and professionally. We had a fantastic time. I would not hesitate in recommending Imelda to other potential customers.
Sent in by Clare McNally
Co Tyrone, 19 December 2019
Imelda - thanks for all your work on securing us our holiday for 2020. You worked with us through the various choices, being patient while we changed our minds and made sure we ultimately made decisions in time to secure the best value. Your knowledge of the options available has been invaluable in helping us have a wonderful holiday for the last 2 years and I know it will be the same in 2020. Thanks!
Sent in by Marianna Safuler
Cork, 30 September 2019
Imelda did an extraordinary job. The trip itinerary she created for us catered to all travellers needs. I've never used Travel Counsellors before this as I've been always organising trips myself. It's the first time I did this time and definitely won't be the last. Thank you again Imelda for your work, attention to details and responsiveness, whenever any change needed to be implemented.
Sent in by Kerri Gleeson
Cork, 29 August 2019
We really enjoyed working with Imelda when planning our dream honeymoon. Nothing was too much trouble when we wanted to look at a few different options. Imelda was available for calls in the evenings when we were both available and she always came back with what we asked for and more. Imelda also worked to our budget and would always have suggestions on what we could chop and change if needed. She speaks from experience and had already stayed in the places that we will be staying I and could describe her experiences in detail which got us even more excited. We know that Imelda is available directly at any time when we are on our honeymoon if we need anything. I would highly recommend Imelda, she has a lovely way about her and she is not pushy and doesn't get frustrated if you change your mind, something I have experienced with other travel agents. She works very hard to ensure she is giving you the best service and value for money and most importantly to help you plan out your dream trip while focusing on the things that were important to us. Thanks Imelda!
Sent in by Abby Ho
Bandon, 07 June 2019
From the moment I met Imelda I knew we were in great hands. She gave us time to time about our options and wasn't pushy as I found with other travel agents. Imelda was by far the best in terms of price, what we were looking for and of course to deal with. The app is also very handy and made making payments easy. I could pay off our honeymoon at our own pace. I gave Imelda a rough idea of what we were hoping for our honeymoon and she came back with lots of choices and options to give us our perfect honeymoon. We had the trip of a lifetime which was down to Imelda. The hotels were exceptional in terms of class, location and staff.! I would highly recommend giving Imelda a call. She is easy and pleasant to deal with. I had lots of activities I wanted to do and she included it all in, nothing was a problem. We even got a welcome home card when we returned home. It was a nice touch to think that we were still a priority. Imelda genuinely wants you the have the best honeymoon/holiday possible!
Sent in by Michaela Lee
Kenmare, 07 June 2019
Imelda made everything so easy for us. We had spoken with other travel agents and each time we had a question we would be speaking to a different person on the phone each telling us a different answer. With Imelda it was a lot more personal she was on the end of the phone whenever we needed her to guide us with booking our perfect honeymoon.
Sent in by Sinead Loughnane
Midleton, 08 April 2019
We found Imelda extremely helpful and easy to work with. She adapted packages to our budget and taste and is always at the end of the line if we have any questions.
Sent in by Mairead Twomey
Macroom, 08 April 2019
I'm grateful to have found Imelda. She was a pleasure to do business with. Imelda is extremely professional and patient. We didn't help with the fact that we couldn't decide on the many options Imelda found for us but we got there in the end and we are truely happy with our choice. Through the use of the TC app it made our experience with Travel Counsellor impeccable. I have started recommending Imelda and Travel Counsellors to my friends and family already. It was such a nice experience to have a friendly voice at the other end of the call which didn't pressure us into anything. Thanks again Imelda!
Sent in by Robert Kerr
, 15 January 2019
We do often recommend Imelda to friends and family. This is because in many years of Imelda successfully organising all our holidays, she has invariably been friendly, helpful and professional.
Sent in by Veronika Belousova
Kerry , 19 November 2018
It was such a great experience booking our honeymoon with Imelda! She has such a warm and welcoming personality. It will be our first trip away on a different continent so we wanted it to be special and Imelda managed to exceed our expectations with the honeymoon package she tailored for us. She is always available to contact via phone call, whats app or email. There is also a travel app that you can download and all your travel information is on it, its great! I would definitely recommend Imelda.
Sent in by Tara O'Shea
Kerry, 19 November 2018
Imelda is very efficient and took everything we wanted in to consideration when we were booking. She got us a great price and was very easy to deal with. She responded promptly to emails and dealt with our queries efficiently. She made the whole process very easy and we will be recommending her to all in the future.
Sent in by Claire Crowley
Cork, 14 November 2018
Imelda was very efficient and friendly, she understood that I was working on a budget and came up with a fabulous package that suits our time schedule and pockets!
Sent in by Joe Tobin
Fermoy , 30 October 2018
To me and my fellow travellers Imelda is simply the best. No request is too much for her and she is always prepared to adapt an itinerary to our needs while steering us away from bad value options. She is contactable at all times - weekdays, weekends, day or night and never seems to be fazed. Long may she thrive in the travel business and we wish her well.
Sent in by Eamonn Clancy
Fermoy, Cork , 16 October 2018
I found Imelda extremely professional and a mine field of imformation for our holiday next year. Cheers!
Sent in by Thomas Creed
Fermoy, Cork , 10 October 2018
Imelda contacted me first and informed me of my travel arrangements and immediately afterwards I received all details by email. I found her very helpful, cooperative and professional. It was a pleasure working with her and I look forward to more contact with regard to my trip.
Sent in by Elaine Loughnane
Crosshaven, 11 September 2018
Excellent to deal with, very good communication throughout. Happy to alter changes as we requested. I would highly recommend Imelda to others. Thank you so much Imelda.
Sent in by Ted Farrell
Cork, 16 January 2018
Excellent service provided by Imelda who was a pleasure to deal with in relation to booking our family trip to Disneyland.
Sent in by Margaret O'Mahoney
Cork, 04 January 2018
Imelda was so helpful organising our honeymoon. It's was great that she organised everything for us so quickly and we didn't even have to leave the house! She was so friendly and helpful.
With independent access to hundreds of travel suppliers around the world, I can pick out exceptional offers with amazing added value. Take a look through my latest selections – but even if nothing catches your eye, let me know what you’re looking for and I’ll do my best to find it for you!
Contact me on 021 4633295